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August 8, 2013

How Google AdSense Sees a French Fry Hairband


Reader Joe Peach was struck by the AdSense result (above) Google placed on his screen under my post of July 20 featuring a ketchup-accented French Fry Hairband.

He wrote, "I found this ad so odd. Did Google's image convertors see this as a mask for poison gas or ? (It becomes macabre when you really look at it as a mask!).

Joe has remarked in the past on the sometimes surreal juxtapositions of content and computer-algorithm-generated ads he sees; me, I find they're pretty much spot-on.

Though I must admit I smile when I see Gucci or Prada or Fendi opposite some idiotstick item from Archie McPhee.

You know Mark Pahlow and David Wahl — co-conspiritors and mischief-makers extraordinaire at McPhee — are loving it.

A moment ago when I went back to find the hairband post to link to it, this is what Google put up beside it:

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I wonder what Dr. Barry J. Cohen, Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, would say if he knew his precious advertising dollars were being spent on placements like this.


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Barry would say that this surgery calls for a polymer engineer, not a physician!

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Aug 8, 2013 10:54:47 PM

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